David Ortiz accepted arbitration, so we’ve already established what he’s going to be this year (the Red Sox’ DH), now we’re just negotiating the price. To that end, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox had discussions with Ortiz’ agent yesterday.
One would think that he’s going to get a two-year deal between $25-30 million, perhaps with incentives to get him there. That’s because he (a) made $12.5 million the past couple of years and likely won’t take a pay cut; and (b) if he does nothing and simply goes to arbitration he’ll make on the order of, what, $15 million? $16 million?
Ortiz has always been cranky about being in his last year of a deal. It just makes sense for both sides to lock him up for two years somehow.
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.